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376  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: IGN ARTICLE ON SQUARE ENIX on: November 27, 2008, 11:22:09 PM
You can't spell ignorance without IGN :P

It is somewhat difficult to take seriously an article like this from a site that tends to give inflated scores to high-profile titles. I do agree there are a lot of a tired JRPG that could really use a rest, but I don't think Japanese developers will give a flip what American gamers think anytime soon.
377  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Eternal Poison on: November 27, 2008, 08:49:17 AM
Ah, you can turn off spell animations? That changes things a little. All RPGs I think should give you that option. I know developers are just trying to show off the graphical capabilities of systems they develop games for, but we just get really sick and tired of them, especially if they drag out fights forever.
378  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Eternal Poison on: November 26, 2008, 07:25:28 PM
I'll probably pass on this one. I'm not the kind of person who thinks spending an hour on a battle only to lose, get a Game Over, and retain nothing is fun.
379  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I think I become delusional when I play FFTA2. on: November 22, 2008, 09:47:12 AM
I haven't liked any FFTactics game I've played, so there.
380  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World on: November 20, 2008, 03:05:40 PM
I actually thought X-2 was a much better direct sequel than Revenant Wings, gameplay-wise especially. And I don't mind no overworld maps at all since come on, we don't magically enlarge when we exit our towns, and they tend to be big wastelands designed to lengthen playing time.
381  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix launches Bahamut teaser website on: November 12, 2008, 01:29:38 PM
Well, it could just be another FFXI expansion...
382  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tears Of Blood on: November 12, 2008, 09:19:39 AM
And supposedly the voice acting is awful.
383  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean Forever on: November 09, 2008, 10:29:13 AM
Pfft. I hardly felt SO3 to be the epitome of Square-Enix's RPGs, let alone the Star Ocean series. To me it was a step down from the first two games, since I felt it had terrible balance issues, even on the Easy difficulty, and you need a guide to make any sense of the item creation system. I actually didn't think the story was *that* bad, though, but I do hope the fourth game fixes what was wrong, gameplay-wise, with the third.
384  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyrie Profile DS and Devil Summoner 4 on: November 08, 2008, 09:01:55 PM
I think Valkyrie Profile DS will probably get a U.S. release, as "Covenant of the Plume," which was copyrighted by Square-Enix some time ago, is likely its English subtitle. And I want Abaddon King, as well, since I enjoyed the first Devil Summoner.
385  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mana Khemia on: November 08, 2008, 07:18:40 PM
I was satisfied by Mana Khemia. It is certainly harder than the other Atelier games, but personally, I found it to be a good, fair challenge instead of a cheap challenge like in certain other RPGs.
386  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Is the traditional console RPG genre stale? on: November 05, 2008, 06:23:55 PM
Atlus is definitely the exception to the rule. As neat as prior MegaTens were, I don't think they really became accessible until they hit the PS2, nor was the localization quality as high. Almost everything else is debatable though.
I'll definitely second this, though I specifically think the Digital Devil Saga dilogy is when the series really became accessible.

I also think many Japanese RPGs still suffer from usability problems like stingy save systems, no pause button at all, and no shortcuts for managing characters (like an "Equip Best" option) or moving around menus.
387  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Is the traditional console RPG genre stale? on: November 05, 2008, 04:31:26 PM
There is definitely a lot of crap in the genre, gameplay and story-wise, that could really use a rest.
388  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Do you use strategy guides playing rpg's ? on: October 25, 2008, 05:48:59 PM
I used to, but I've come to find that having to use guides is usually a sign of bad game design. I only consult guides when doing post-game quests and/or am absolutely stuck.
389  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shining Force Gear? on: October 19, 2008, 10:44:56 PM
Magic Box says this will be a tactical RPG. If Shining Force Feather's any good, I'll definitely be excited about this.
390  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Previews for Suikoden: Tierkreis (videos up) -- confirmed for North America on: October 19, 2008, 10:43:31 PM
A shame this one won't really be connected with the other Suikodens, since it's actually of the few RPG series I play for the plot. But I'll still probably get it anyway.
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